Hire the Orchestra
In addition to its busy concert and touring schedule, the LSO is available to hire for commercial recordings, film soundtracks, jingles and computer games. It currently records around 25 projects per year for a wide variety of clients - film companies, classical composers, pop producers, computer game developers, jingle writers and library music.
'For me there is one orchestra - the LSO'
The LSO can help with all your needs, including finding a suitable studio, conductor and chorus. The LSO can provide any number of players from full orchestras to chamber ensembles and top specialist players for non-orchestral instruments if required. No matter what your specific requirements are, you can rely on the world-class LSO to make sure your recording is as successful as possible.
Why hire the LSO?
1. A World Class Orchestra
The LSO needs no introduction – London's oldest orchestra and one of the most famous and most recorded in the world, the LSO is renowned for its consistently high quality performance both in the concert hall and recording studio.
The LSO's speed at sight reading is second to none, saving clients lots of time. And to quote Alexandre Desplat, 'The LSO doesn’t just play the notes perfectly the first time, they play the music.'
'Composers like myself who have been privileged to have their work performed and recorded by the LSO have had the ultimate experience - consummate musicianship, intuitive, sensitive, refined playing coupled with an extraordinary studio discipline and professionalism.'
2. Silence in studio
The LSO has a policy of maintaining complete silence whilst the conductor is on the podium for every recording session. All the companies, conductors and composers that work with the LSO say that we are the only orchestra to do this and it makes a huge difference to the amount of music that is taken per session, and to the concentration of both the conductor and the production team in the control box.
3. Always the LSO
The LSO guarantees that the orchestra presented is indeed the LSO. The same Principal players will be available for every recording session during a project, and because all the players play together on a regular basis, there is a unity and cohesion of sound which is not obtained from a freelance orchestra. The only exception to this is when we have guest players, often on trial for LSO membership, or if the booking is made late, in which case we would book as many LSO members as possible and make sure of the quality we provide the client, often in discussion with the composer and/or conductor. The LSO NEVER accepts two conflicting engagements concurrently – this ensures the orchestra in the studio IS the LSO.
'The experience of performing and recording with the LSO, let alone composing for them, is unforgettable. Their meticulous attention to detail, tone production, emotional expression and effortless depth of understanding was an inspiration from the very first rehearsal to the final note of the performance. A dream come true.'
The LSO is self-governing and several of the Board of Directors and Orchestra Committee of the Board are playing members. The advantage of this system is that if there are any issues during the recording sessions – either technical or otherwise – the LSO Board, on behalf of its members, can take decisions to facilitate solutions, which the members then adhere to. This differs from a freelance orchestra where individuals do not have the same allegiance to their own company – all LSO members are shareholders in the London Symphony Orchestra Ltd and therefore have a strong sense of doing what is best for the client.
5. Top Principal Players
In addition to the consistently high quality of the whole Orchestra, many of the LSO’s Principals are international soloists in their own right, performing around the world as well as playing concertos and chamber works in LSO concerts. For example, composer Patrick Doyle was so impressed by the playing of one of our Leaders, Carmine Lauri, that the film score for As You Like It featured violin solos written especially for Carmine, and Patrick later wrote a concerto for him. The late Maurice Murphy, Principal Trumpet for 30 years, was featured in every episode of Star Wars since he opened the very first film in 1977 with the now famous theme.
'The standard of musicianship and technique is extraordinary and I am continually amazed and moved by their professionalism and commitment to my music and music in general.'
The warmth and friendliness of the LSO players is always commented on by composers, conductors and producers.
7. MU rates
The LSO charges standard UK Musicians’ Union rates for all types of project. The only exception is for BPI Classical sessions, where LSO Principals receive slightly higher rates than the MU basic.
How to hire the LSO
To discuss your project in more detail and to get a quote, contact Mario de Sa, Concerts & Recordings Manager, on +44 (0)20 7588 1116 or email him (using the Hire the LSO address).